How flies avoid the swat: they act like fighter jets
Published on Apr 11, 2014 6:48 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - When scared, fruit flies bank the same way fighter jets do, tilting and rolling through the air, but they do it quicker than the blink of an eye, US researchers said on Thursday.
The findings in the journal Science suggest that flies may be relying on a special set of senses to help them avoid getting swatted.
Researchers used three high-speed cameras to analyse how fruit flies avoided an impending collision.
While they normally beat their wings 200 times a second, if threatened they could reorient themselves in a single wing beat, and then speed away.
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